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Homegrown Lacrosse and Minnesota Swarm Continue Collaborative Relationship

St. Paul, MN, January 18, 2012 --( For a fourth year, the National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm, has partnered with Twin Cities-based nonprofit Homegrown Lacrosse to support the continued growth of lacrosse in Minnesota.

“Since we began working together in 2009, lacrosse has experienced a tremendous surge in popularity and participation,” said Andy Arlotta, owner/vice president of the Minnesota Swarm. “As lacrosse continues to expand, it is important that there are opportunities for youth, regardless of economic or geographic limitations, to participate in the sport. Our work with the Prairie Island Indian Community and Lax-4-Life Camp as well as Homegrown Lacrosse’s work in North Minneapolis are illustrations of how together and separately, we are both focused on fulfilling that vision.”

As in previous years, the primarily in-kind relationship focuses on cross promotion of programming and events. Of note, the Minnesota Swarm has once again donated 300 tickets to the nonprofit for use in its fundraising efforts to support community programming in North Minneapolis and In-School P.E. Program as well as a presence in the concourse at the team’s regular season home games at Xcel Energy Center.

The connection between the organizations goes beyond the partnership: Andy Arlotta serves on the nonprofit’s board of directors and Homegrown Lacrosse’s co-founder Colin Achenbach was the first Minnesota born player to hold a spot on the Minnesota Swarm’s roster.

About Homegrown Lacrosse
Founded in 2003, Homegrown Lacrosse is dedicated to encouraging positive change in the lives of youth lacrosse players and supporting the growth of the sport in Minnesota. Through community-based programming, Homegrown Lacrosse uses lacrosse to provide opportunities for individuals to get involved and cultivate the skills and relationships necessary to succeed on and off the field. Led and staffed by experienced collegiate lacrosse players, Homegrown Lacrosse holds clinics, leagues and K-12 educational programming throughout the year. For more information on Homegrown Lacrosse and the In-School P.E. Program visit

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Homegrown Lacrosse
Aron Lipkin
(612) 237-9242

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